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Morton – Here in the spirit of Bruce Feiler's beloved bestseller Walking the Bible is a portrait of the Holy Land as a physical embodiment of faF faith Dramatically conjuring the beauty of Israel's countryside In the Steps of the Master also evokes the all consuming passions H V Morton’s travelogue remains a highly readable blend of observation historical knowledge and imaginative reconstruction As a one time bestseller the book is an important source for how the Holy Land was interpreted for a popular audience in the 1930s and for how the Biblical archaeology of the time was incorporated into contemporary middle brow popular Christianity Morton sentimentalizes that through the Bedouin Abraham lives on into the modern world and he writes that the Bible is a most accurate guide to the life of modern Palestine but walking in the steps of the Master does not just mean contemplating Bible times through the peoples ruins and landscapes of the present; Morton is also attentive to the region’s later history and contemporary realityIn particular the trauma of the First World War is still fresh in Morton's writing An early passage describes the new Scottish church in Jerusalem prompting the author to recall the Scots who died in the waterless deserts in the battlefields of Gaza among the mountains of Judea in the stifling plains of Jericho and the Jordan Valley Later he describes the Jerusalem War Cemetery on Mount Scopus where there are 2180 soldiers and airmen of the United Kingdom lying there and 143 soldiers from Australia and 34 from New Zealand along with the grave of Charlotte Berrie an Australian nurse The Great War also features in his historical imaginings one passage describes Christians from Pella returning to Jerusalem after 70 AD and wandering about the mounds and ruins exactly like the peasants of Ypres and CambraiMorton is constantly on the lookout for connections between Palestine and Britain Outside the Holy Sepulchre he sees the grave of Philip d'Aubigny one of the nobiles homines mentioned in the Magna Charta as a member of the council whose advice was taken by King John; at the Church of the Nativity he looks up and wonders if there is anything left of the English oaks with which Edward IV reconstructed the roof; and at the Hill of Djoun he sees the grave of Hester Stanhope William Pitt's eccentric niece still remembered locally as el Sitt the Lady A strange resting place for the grand daughter of the great Earl of Chatham Perhaps inevitably the High Commissioner for Palestine not named although it would have been Arthur Grenfell Wauchope at this time is the successor of PilateBritain is also used to make general comparisons even sometimes at the risk of incongruity Loch Lamond is eleven miles longer than the Sea of Galilee but it is nowhere as wide; Mount Carmel looked a bit like Edinburgh Castle; the memory of Ibrahim Pasha who drove Muslims out of Bethlehem a hundred years previously lingers in Bethlehem much as that of Judge Jeffreys lingers in Wiltshire; and the river Jordan puts him in mind of the Avon in WarwickshireMorton has a particularly keen eye for the region's Christian diversity He links the Christian Arabs with the Crusader legacy noting that their faces are Flemish and French and perhaps English but he also recounts hearing about a Christian nomad family near Madeba called the Azizat who are honoured among Muslims for warning them about a planned massacre by the Crusaders Visiting the Holy Sepulchre he writes touchingly of a Bulgarian peasant pilgrim Never in all my life have I beheld peace and contentment written so clearly on a human face He adds with sadness that there are no Russian pilgrims today – not knowing of course that the same would be true for the rest of Eastern Europe within a few years – although he finds a small community of impoverished Russians living at Ain KerimHowever although Morton’s Catholic religiosity is married to an ecumenical temperament one has to wince at his description of Abyssinian Ethiopian Christianity as a wonderful museum of heresies and ueer odds and ends of Judaism and paganism and it is noticeable that in contrast to his account of the War cemetery the British religious presence is downplayed The Anglican Christ Church in Jerusalem is passed over in silence while Saint George's Cathedral receives only a fleeting reference He is also politely dismissive of Gordon's Calvary today better known as the Garden Tomb a space where first century Palestine is particularly imagined through the lens of EnglandMorton also writes sympathetically about the Jewish and Muslim presence although the indulgent condescension he inflicts on the Abyssinian Christians is apparent again when it comes to the DruzeIt has often been stated that the Druse religion is a ueer relic of the grossest form of paganism mixed with Christianity and further confused by misunderstood Greek philosophy I once talked to an ex member of the French Foreign Legion who swore that he had seen representations of the Golden Calf in a Druse mosue The central fact of their faith however is the belief that the lunatic El Hakem bi amr Illah Fatimate Caliph of Egypt was an incarnation of the DeityThe concept of in the steps of the Master is taken rather loosely given that Morton travels as far out of the way as Petra – he confesses that he surrendered to the temptation Given Petra’s fame today it is instructive to be reminded of its former romantic obscurity The site defeated the efforts of Robinson and Laborde Irby and Mangles had to be content with a long distance view through their telescopes and even Dean Stanley travelling with an escort as recently as 1853 approached the dead city among the rocks with the knowledge that he might be stopped by armed Bedouin and forced to turn back The first Western visitor Johann Ludwig Burckhardt had got there in the early years of the nineteenth century disguised as a MuslimAt Petra Morton indulges in a bit of Orientalism as he contemplates local Arabs performing a strange and ecstatic dance involving knives amid the ruinsOne has the feeling in Palestine that the civilisation that crashed into ruin was very like our own One has in common with the fallen pillars of Jerash than with the finest Moslem mosue Our world imperfect as it is is still a Christian world and has its roots in Christianity Everything that is against Christianity no matter how trivial it may appear is a spy from the forces of savagery which have always waited ready with drawn knives to dance among the ruinsMorton's story also includes some specific personalities of the day travelling to Jericho he is warned about Abu Jildah a brigand who has short several policemen; at Beersheba he attends a tribal court being held by the local governor Arif el Arif who is romantically introduced as a former Arabian Bonnie Prince Charlie Arif had had an extraordinary series of adventures in China after being captured by the Russians during the war and he had formerly been in conflict with the British Cases heard by the court included raids on animals blood feuds or murder breaches of desert etiuette and disputes over land money and so forth Arif defended the practice of an ordeal by fire in which a suspect is made to lick white hot metal a guilty man is so terrified that this mouth goes dry and he gets terribly burned he explained Also at Beersheba Morton visits Flinders Petrie's camp; he is shown three ruined palaces and Celtic ear rings of Irish gold exactly like the prehistoric gold ornaments in the Dublin Museum At Tabgha Hospice he enjoys he hospitality of Father John Täpper and chats with an Australian touristThe final chapter returns to Jerusalem where Morton experiences Passover with a Jewish family observes the Muslim Nebi Musa pilgrimage noting how the revellers pronounced curses against the Zionists and describes some Eastern Christian Easter ceremonies Palm Sunday includes an Armenian Ceremony of the Second Coming and a Syrian Ceremony of the Bridegroom’s Arrival; Good Friday sees the Russian Ceremony of the Winding Sheet and an Entombment by the Syrians during which a crucifix is placed in a coffin Attending the Abyssinian Searching for the Body of Christ ceremony Morton notes the use of the sistra as found in Egyptian tombs There is also a procession in which Greek Patriarch is undressed probably the only occasion when a crowd sees the Greek Patriarch so to speak en déshabille because even in death the Orthodox Patriarchs clothed in gorgeous vestments are carried to their grave tied in their chairs and lowered into a vault where about twenty four of their number sit clothed in the mouldering relics of their gloryWatching the ceremony of the Holy Fire from the Armenian gallery Morton writes that it “did not appear to burn the recipients as they licked the flames and ran them over their faces neither did it singe their hair” Perhaps Morton’s sense of smell failed him here – I have attended the same event the distinctive odour of burnt hair is one of my strongest memories Morton notes a song sung by the crowd O Jews O Jews Your feast is the feast of monkeys Our feast is the feast of ChristAt several points during the book Morton pauses to reimagine stories about Jesus John the Baptist and other Biblical figures presented in a semi novelistic way At the end of the last chapter he turns to the Passion and Resurrection and here the reverence tips into devotionalism and even propaganda explicitly drawing on Frank Morison's apologia Who Moved the Stone? for part of his historical rumination His imagining of Pilate's thought processes and motivations includes what in retrospect is a troubling passage; this is his suggestion that reluctant Pilate perhaps caved in to the crowd because heremembered Strabo’s comment on the influence of the Alexandrian Jews in his time These Jews

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And deep rooted mysteries of Jerusalem and while much has changed as Morton says the essential nature of the sites he visits has n This is a wonderful Bible Study book as the geographical features of Palestine are very pertinent to the New Testament Although written many years ago 1934 the descriptions make it so helpful in following Jesus through his ministry Today's land is much different but this book provides so many interesting tidbits

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In the Steps of the MasterHere in the spirit of Bruce Feiler's beloved bestseller Walking the Bible is a portrait of the Holy Land as a physical embodiment o Rereading at bedtime Such a great bookI'd give this five stars except that Morton seemed to have an unreasoning dislike of Jerusalem in the beginning of the book which felt like anti Semitism I'm not one that tends to notice that sort of thing but it did put a sour feel on that part Luckily I was able to flip to where he begins touring the countryside and then it is vintage HV Morton No wonder he was such a popular travel writer No one I know is so good at weaving sense of place lyrical descriptions personal encounter and historical depth into their writing In Search of London is still my favorite but this book is jockeying for second place with In the Steps of St Paul Definitely recommended